(Tampa, FL) — Mats Zuccarello’s early third-period goal was the difference as the Wild slipped past the Lightning 5-4 in Tampa. Zuccarello’s tally came just eight seconds after Alex Killorn had tied the game at four for Tampa Bay. Joel Eriksson Ek, Jason Zucker, Carson Soucy and Victor Rask had the other goals for Minnesota, which won its fifth straight to extend its points streak to 11 games. The Wild wrap up their three-game road trip tomorrow at Carolina.

(Oklahoma City, OK) — The Timberwolves resume their four-game road swing tonight in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. Minnesota opened the trek with a 121-114 setback in Dallas on Wednesday. The Wolves dropped to .500 at 10-and-10. OKC sits at 8-and-12.

(Fargo, ND) — North Dakota State squares off with Nicholls State tomorrow in round two of the FCS Playoffs in Fargo. The Bison earned a first-round bye after going a perfect 12-and-0 during the regular-season.

(Minneapolis, MN) — According to multiple reports, the Twins and pitcher Michael Pineda have agreed to a two-year deal worth $20-million. Pineda began an 80-game suspension in September that was reduced to 60 games for using a banned substance. Pineda will miss the beginning of the 2020 season for Minnesota. In other news, the team announced it will extend the safety netting even further at Target Field next season.

(Eagan, MN) — The Vikings are back home to battle the Detroit Lions on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota will try to get back in the win column after Monday’s 37-30 loss in Seattle. The Vikes fell to 8-and-4 and are now one game behind the Packers in the NFC North.

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota hoops has a rare weekend off. The Golden Gophers will return to action Monday when they visit Iowa to begin Big Ten play. The Gophers sit at 4-and-4 on the season after Monday’s 78-60 rout of Clemson.

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